Ascent of Huffaker Mountain on 2019-04-20
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, April 20, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3640 ft / 1109 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI actually enjoyed my ascent of Huffaker, but it's also a mild hassle firmly putting it in the dumpster peak category. According to Denis Poulin's TR, the approach is via NF 2502. However, looking at it from NF 25 I opted to continue on to NF 2505, which NF 2502 eventually joins. There was debris visible partly occluding road and I figured there was probably quite a bit more. Now, I'm not sure that NF 2505 is much better, but I'd be surprised if it were worse. The road bed is in excellent condition, and it appears to be the major artery on the east side of the mountain.
The hassle was actually the drive in. There was so much debris and blow down on the road that ever minute or so I was stopping the car to move things. I actually took me more time to drive to the forest service boundary than it did to hike to the summit. Fortunately, there was nothing large, and I wasn't forced to pull the chainsaw out. Finally tiring of all this, pulled out on a decent shoulder near the end of the road and just before another small tree I'd have to move. I'm glad I stopped where I did, because the road continues just past the forest service boundary to a gate. But, it is no longer graveled, and there are substantial ruts that I likely would have high centered on. For what it's worth there is also a sign stating that the private property owned by a tree farm is closed due to high fire danger.
The old logging road up is overgrown, but it was only really bushwhacking in a few sections. Eventually, there is a T-junction with a much nicer road that goes all the way to the summit. I did opt to cut the corner and head directly for the summit. The summit is treed and there are no real views, but it was a pleasant place to have lunch. For the descent, I decided to take a more direct route down. I had seen a nicer looking spur on the way up and hoped to intersect it on the way down. My route down was pretty good, though it was steep enough in places that I'm not sure I'd go up it. I did find a few old logging roads and eventually the spur I was looking for. They don't really provide better access to the summit as I'd hoped.
For what it's worth, the trees are getting pretty large in the tree farm. I've got to think that this area is going to get logged in the next few years, which will likely make bagging Huffaker pretty painless once they're done.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||948 ft / 288 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||948 ft / 288 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2.3 mi / 3.7 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Bushwhack|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||928 ft / 282 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 806 ft / 246 m; Extra: 122 ft / 37m|
| Loss on way in:||122 ft / 37 m|
| Distance:||1.3 mi / 2.1 km|
| Route:||Old Logging Road|
| Start Trailhead:||NF 2505 2834 ft / 863 m|
| Time:||27 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||826 ft / 251 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 806 ft / 246 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m|
| Gain on way out:||20 ft / 6 m|
| Distance:||1 mi / 1.6 km|
| Route:||Old Logging Road|
| End Trailhead:||NF 2505 2834 ft / 863 m|
| Time:||18 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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